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Daydreaming on the Porch

by Oswego

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Prince Philip It’s a sad time for the people of the UK. The royal family’s patriarch, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died at 99. One could say that was a good, long life. He was the lon...


There is nothing quite so beautiful as our gardens at the height of Spring bloom. Here in Charleston, an old and historic city of countless carefully tended ornamental gardens, that peak is now....


5 days ago

Life as pilgrimage

After a series of events in 1978 and 1979 changed the course of my life, I saw for the first time that life was actually a journey or pilgrimage, and ever since then I’ve thought of it that way. ...


April 04, 2021

Happy Easter!

This Spring had been such a beautiful time of rebirth in all of Nature as I venture out each afternoon of the pandemic to take it all in. The realities of this plague time have been softened for...


I see the slowing down cat’s crawl, worm-fired, worn-tired brave soul standing firm against rocks of ages, bearing his burden in calm, minute-by-minute defiance of the laws of time, motion, space...


This is the time of year in Charleston when I am so high on Spring beauty and Nature in all its glory that I feel like pinching myself to make sure it’s all real. The azaleas are in full bloom, ...


March 26, 2021

I could be

I could be reading about the mysteries of the universe and the secret wisdom of all ages. Instead, I’m reading about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and watching YouTube videos about an adorab...


About three years ago I had an unusual experience. I won’t say it was all for nothing because it was beneficial overall, and I learned a few things about myself. Nevertheless, it was unsettling...


When I’m walking on any kind of pavement or sidewalk, I tend to look down as often as up to the sky, or straight ahead. The main reason for looking down is habit and caution, since all the side...


Give us everything you’ve got. I was about to enter the parking garage after a routine walk at the end of a workday. As I turned around, I saw two teenagers, probably around 16 or 17, each holdin...


I debated whether to write on this subject because I’ll have to make a confession. But it’s not a bad one. Its just that the Harry and Meghan saga of late has me in its vice like no other boi...


March 07, 2021

Clouds

All my life Ive been fascinated by, and drawn to, clouds in the sky. Their infinite shapes varieties and colors, depending on atmospheric conditions and the angle of the sun in the sky, have me ...


February 28, 2021

Not all who wander are lost

I’m really ready to travel again. Its been ages cooped up in the pandemic. Fairly frequently I used to go on 200-mile round trips in my state on weekends, but now that I’m retired, I can set my ...


February 27, 2021

Happy Spring!!

Well it’s arrived! Spring is here in Charleston, and while it will be a couple more weeks before the resplendent azaleas start blooming, I saw plenty of daffodils and redbud trees in full flowe...


February 23, 2021

What is meditation?

I was recently inspired by a YouTube video to explore the subject of meditation. People are always exhorting us to take time to meditate, to practice mindfulness. This got me thinking, and led ...


The camera is an instrument that allows people to see without a camera. Dorothea Lange It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau I like to think of the came...


I can hardly believe Mardi Gras in New Orleans is tomorrow. I grew up in the “Crescent City,” the City That Care Forgot.” From an early age I knew it was a special place, especially each year...


As I approach my 70th birthday, I sometimes wonder what it’s like to be old. I mean as in “elderly old” – white hair, slow reflexes, diminishing sense perceptions, pain popping up all over the p...


February 11, 2021

Painting the sky at sunset

Iwas looking at the weather data to find the time of today’s sunset, although there will be no majestic display this evening. It’s leaden gray, cold and damp out. A classic winter day. So I st...


I called them dime stores when I was a kid. The one down the street from me in a small strip shopping center was a TG&Y 5 10 & 25 cent Store. When I was 9 and had my 25 cent weekly allow...


One thing about this seemingly endless and surreal quarantining during the pandemic for those of us over 65 such as myself, is that we are spending much more time indoors doing the things we’d or...


In my childhood, starting around age 8 or 9, the World Book Encyclopedia was my gateway to the world. I must’ve read every article there was in that 20-volume set on countries of the world, all ...


Acoustic terrorism in the streets Your noisy, sound and brain wave pummeling car stereo pounds out violence from your face. You sit there saying, “Notice me. I am nothing.” A poem I wrote...


It’s so amazing to me that our parks are full of blooming flowers in the heart of winter, in January. That’s because camellias bloom only in late Fall and Winter. It’s getting down to around fr...


January 24, 2021

The single state in life

Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ cal...


Book Description

Short essays from the interior of my life.